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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle StoutThomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout

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184 Ratings
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 18
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our sweet stout is made in collaboration with Connecticut's favorite chocolatier, Munson's Chocolate. Copious amounts of oat malt produce a silky, full bodied beer laced with hints of roast and chocolate derived from dark malts. Each sip ends with a mild chocolate bitterness from Munson's proprietary cocoa powder, added generously to the brew. To round out this beer, we add several pounds of cocoa nibs at the end of fermentation to provide a fresh chocolate aroma.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 02-05-2012)
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Taste: big cocoa, sweet and dark chocolate, roasted malt

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, moderate carbonation, very rich yet still light bodied

Overall: Like opening a box of Valentine's Day chocolates. One of the better chocolate beers out there because the chocolate is so complex and rich. Yet the beer element here is also nice and complex. Due to its richness, I only want one or two per sitting, but would get this again. One of the better beers coming out of Connecticut.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 13:11:03 | More by tigg924
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PeteTheBeerDrinker


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-21-2012 00:23:25 | More by PeteTheBeerDrinker
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kevgod

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-20-2012 03:30:09 | More by kevgod
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jefftuck47

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

03-19-2012 14:35:58 | More by jefftuck47
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Joev_84

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +20%

03-19-2012 00:31:09 | More by Joev_84
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fank2788

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
After a somewhat aggressive pour this beer turns out very dark brown, just a shade lighter than black, with a light khaki head of about one finger. The foam falls to a thin layer of bubbles with a bit of lace on the sides of the glass. As the name suggests chocolate is in the smell but it isn't alone as there is also a standard compliment of dark and roasted malts typical of a dry stout but overall everything is a bit subdued. The taste is a bit of chocolate both from the added chocolate and chocolate malts along with a good deal of bitter roasted and black patent malt. Hop flavor is nearly non existent but it is still somewhat bitter to astringent due to the malt. The body of this beer is quite light which surprises me for a stout of this style, I'd expect something a bit fuller. The finish is slightly bitter and rather dry as astringent bittering from the roasted malt comes through, again I'd rather something a bit sweeter for this stout. Overall this is slightly above average. It is an interesting concept but suffers because the stout isn't right too best accentuate the chocolate. A sweeter, fuller and more complex (maybe higher alcohol?) base would have benefited this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:51:32 | More by fank2788
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Eli Cannon's Tap Room, Middletown, CT
Served in a pint glass

Dark brown/black in appearance. The oily liquid was topped by a small, frothy, saddle brown head that quickly faded to a flimsy collar.

The aroma was loaded with chocolatey goodness. Rich, sweet and smooth. Very fudge-like. Lots of vanilla. Some sweet cream. So simple yet so good.

Chocolate came through strong in the flavor profile as well. Good amount of roasted and caramel malts on the front end. Some black coffee in the center. Touch of vanilla. The finish, however, was so roasty, acrid and bitter that the beer tasted burnt.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly typical for the style, but the liquid did have a nice creaminess to it.

As a child, I grew up eating Munson's Chocolates during the holidays. I find it funny now to be drinking a beer made with chocolate from this family-owned, Connecticut-based company. All in all, a nicely done stout. Hopefully this is only the start of Hooker Brewing's attempt to add some long needed diversity to their current lineup of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 04:29:44 | More by Damian
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JoshJayne

Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very fresh bottle dated only days before tasting. (Late February). Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown with a dark tan head that hangs around. Nice sticky lace after a few sips.

S: As expected, wonderful aroma of chocolate and roasted, not burnt, malt. Well balanced, no artificial chocolate smell or anything oppressive.

T: Ahhh! The aroma didn't let me down! A very well constructed stout base with a pleasant hint of chocolate aftertaste. There is a great roasted character and noticeable presence of chocolate malt along with the actual chocolate.

M: Silky, well carbonated for the style, not too sticky or too thin either.

O: Overall a great stout... with chocolate. Hooker built a great flavored beer without skimping on the base style. Very drinkable. I was surprised how easy drinking it was. Now that I've tried it alone, I want to try it again pairing it with various foods. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 13:54:28 | More by JoshJayne
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-09-2012 03:20:59 | More by steve8robin
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown but sits opaque black in my vintage Magic Hat glass (I say vintage because it lists MH seasonals Jinx, St Gootz, HI.P.A. and Hocus Pocus). Georgia clay colored head that collars by mid glass. Leaves a few lacey drips.

Smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup. That's about it.

Again, Hershey's sysup dominates. Chocolate is good in a chocolate stout but how about some roast malt for balance, darker caramels for intrigue. Body is on the lighter side, maybe a tad slick.

A light and friendly chocolate stout as opposed to a dark an indulgent version. Would be great if the base beer was improved upon.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:26:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-08-2012 00:54:51 | More by vfgccp
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra in my first trade. Thanks davey101!

A- Pours a Deep brown, pretty much black color with a tan foamy head that is small but retains well. Decent lacing.

S- All chocolate maltiness. Big up front as the bottle is opened, but calms down a bit in the glass. Pretty mush straight chocolate scent.

T- Big, but not overpowering, chocolate flavors are prominent. Not a ton of sweetness in the chocolate, more of a dark chocolate flavor. Some burnt flavored malts back up the chocolate to give a little backbone.

M- On the lighter end of stout. High in carbonation, but not out of line for other stouts in the 6% ABV range. Adequate weight to support the flavor profile.

Overall, this is an average to slightly above average chocolate stout offering whose flavor is terrific, but it's scent and appearance are nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 04:17:49 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-07-2012 02:07:46 | More by Goldfishman
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 2012-02-09. Sampled on March 6, 2012. It pours a very dark, rich chocolate black with a moderate, short-lived mocha head. Brewed with seven malts you get the chocolate, oat, and dark malts right up front on the nose with this acidic hop bite around the back. The body was thin the medium, which was a slight letdown. The bold flavor begins with sweet chocolate and cocoa then goes bitter and ends nearly dry. Its name sounded much more enticing than the experience but it was still a decent enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 22:57:31 | More by puboflyons
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Born On Date of 2012-02-15. Pours a blackish dark brown with no head. No lacing. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate truffles, and some coffee. Tastes chocolatey. Flavors of vanilla, coffee, some marshmallow, and truffle. Mouthfeel is a bit light and thin for the style but it still works. This is an easy drinking stout that isn't so chocolatey it slows you down. Overall, an interesting collaboration well executed. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 05:52:10 | More by PicoPapa
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20%

03-05-2012 17:46:36 | More by JAHMUR
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown pour with a mid-sized dense light brown head. Retention is quite good with nice lines of lacing as it is consumed.

S: Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee, like a cold glass of mocha. Strong roasted malt char is present as well - almost smells like burnt wood.

T: Strong coffee and roasted malt. Some nice creamy milk chocolate follows it. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Quite smooth, a touch thin.

O: Not a bad chocolate stout. Pretty simple, surprisingly heavy on the bitter coffee and roast (given the name) but the chocolate is there to help balance it out decently.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 05:24:30 | More by Dope
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

02-26-2012 14:04:15 | More by PeteRiz
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datalager

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +33.3%

02-22-2012 02:19:30 | More by datalager
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

02-18-2012 01:33:20 | More by jfcaa193
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Ray7233

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

02-16-2012 23:42:22 | More by Ray7233
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mdebonee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +20%

02-16-2012 22:15:57 | More by mdebonee
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-16-2012 00:37:13 | More by Donsmitty
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SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

02-14-2012 15:54:39 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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Homebrew35

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little bit of a dark mocha head, some lacing with a deep brownish body.

Smells of milk chocolate or cold 'hot chocolate'. The truffel comes through as it warms. Some British stout like sweetness is there as well.

Tastes like a nice American stout with a shot of real chocolate sauce. The truffel like chocolateness is more present as this warms, the balance improves with temp as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbing, a touch of a clean bitterness keeps this one in check. It's fairly clean in the aftertaste yet some
coco powder remains to keep it interesting.

Overall this is a great beer just in time for the chocolate holiday of the year. This beer is a great new beer from hooker, let's see them keep up with the innovations. I'd buy this again.

$2 a single

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 13:57:25 | More by Homebrew35
Thomas Hooker Chocolate Truffle Stout from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.